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Fiction news and analysis from The Nation
May 25, 2018
The Many Philip Roths
The novelist’s wide-ranging work spanned from irreverent short stories to self-lacerating picaresque to experimental fiction, but at its center there was still a moral core.
May 23, 2018
What Does It Take to Write a Novel About Prison?
An interview with Rachel Kushner about her new novel,
The Mars Room
May 17, 2018
A New Embassy in Jerusalem, an Old Struggle in Gaza
Amy Wilentz on the American embassy in Israel, Rachel Kushner on
The Mars Room
, and Patricia J. Williams on the legacy of lynching.
Start Making Sense
May 9, 2018
The Turmoil of Fearful Anticipation
Many of the stories in Dino Buzzati’s
are more concerned with paranoia and fear than with dramatic repercussions.
April 26, 2018
Alfred Döblin’s Hard-boiled Berlin
, we are plunged into a cauldron of alienation, violence, and social breakdown that would deliver all of Germany into the hands of the Nazis.
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April 16, 2018
Harry Mathews’s Framed Stories
Multiple meanings always simmer under the surface of his writing, but in
The Solitary Twin
, they’re more hidden.
March 30, 2018
Clarice Lispector’s Lifelong Project
At the core of Clarice Lispector’s works is the tension between language’s profound potential and its inability to reach the vital realm of the unspeakable.
March 23, 2018
A Recognizable Dystopia
suggests a different method for fashioning a dystopian novel.
March 22, 2018
The World of ‘Crime and Punishment’
A new translation captures the painful backdrop of Dostoyevsky’s classic: the poverty, crime, and violence that shaped much of everyday life in 19th-century St. Petersburg.
March 9, 2018
Language Is a ‘War Zone’: A Conversation With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
The Kenyan author discusses colonialism and abandoning English to write in his native Kikuyu.